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Pale Ale - Ithaca Beer Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

251 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ithaca Beer Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-18-2001)
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It should be mandatory to call your pale ale something else other than "Pale Ale"...a bit boring, innit?

Head is a soapy inch-thick thing that sizzles and settles a good bit, thinning fairly rapidly. Looks sort of like frothing dishsoap once it thins to a skim. Color is coppery with good clarity. Run of the mill but par for the course.

Aroma is light hops, light malt...nothing special, but certainly true to style and clean with no offending traits.

Flavor is a solid, solid balance of malt and hops...nice lingering bitterness in the finish. Hops seem remarkably flowery, fragrant, and a bit bold thanks to that hefty malt backup. Malts give a little nuttiness right before that finish takes over.

Crisp and well-carbonated in the mouth, but not overly so.

Solid and dependable. Nothing out of the ordinary whatsoever, but very likeable and well brewed.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 19:28:32 | More by Metalmonk
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mobud

Delaware

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Almost no head, light carbonation with a clear copper color.

S- Very light, but fresh hops smell that was nice after a long day.

T- This beer had a little metallic taste that I do not remember from prior tastings. The hops notes are there, but I was unable to get past the metal taste.

M- Very light mouthfeel with some bitter aftertaste.

D- Other than the off taste, this is abeer that I would try again. It has been a session type beer for my friend and heres hoping that this was a one time issue (or maybe it was me...).

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 18:33:09 | More by mobud
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IntriqKen

California

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice golden yellow topped with a full finger white head fills the glass. the head eventually melts to very thick lacing.

Aroma sweet pale malt and sort of orange peel hops.

Flavor is bright and clean. Sweet pale malt with a crisp citrus peel hop bite on the end.

A very nice refresher.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 22:03:45 | More by IntriqKen
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alexskovan

New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale amber with a big sturdy white head. Aroma is creamy malt with hops in the background. Tastes like it smells, creamy malt with nicely balanced hops, grapefruity but not overly so, and a toasty finish. Smooth and drinkable.

A very nice ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 20:47:12 | More by alexskovan
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HausBrewer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale orange with a slight haze. There is about a finger of head and the carbonation keeps bubbling away as I am looking at it.

S - not much in the aroma, maybe some hops, a little citrusy.

T - a little bit of sweet malt to begin, but moves quickly to a pleasant bitter taste (grapefruit maybe)

M - has some body, but not heavy. A very nice mouthfeel.

D - This beer goes down easy, very satisfying and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 19:51:17 | More by HausBrewer
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capo56

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades away to a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of a caramelized malt with tinge of hops, and also has a citrus taste in the background.
T: The matly taste with a good balance of caramel & citrus flavors. There’s a slight hint of a hops that comes out at the start and some sweetness that apears in the after taste. It’s a very well balanced brew.
M: Crisp and clean with a medium body, dry anda nice clean finish.
D: Very tasty, goes down real nice and easy.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 17:10:37 | More by capo56
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hi bitterness, like an English bitter. That's good. Good sized White head on yellow body. There is citrus taste, caramel, not that balanced but quaffable. Medium or less mouthfeel. One-dimensional hop fix. Buffalo racetrack beerfest. Run-of-the-track.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 22:13:44 | More by Sammy
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

2.3/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours copper-orange with a slightly hazed clarity. Off-white two-finger head with tremendous staying power and leaves sticky lacing. Floral and grassy american hop nose with toasty crystal malt scent, a faint rose-alcohol in the background; and a whiff of acetone as it warms. Mild sweetness upfront, mostly toasted pale malt and a nice husky flavor that's not too astringent. Drying aftertaste, mild bitterness but manages to balance against the light malt sweetness. Light in body with medium-fine carbonation. Mouthfeel becomes overly grainy and the boozey/oxydized character begins to dominate. Finishes tannic with too much off-flavor showing, but some residual caramel and resinous hop flavor emerges. Beneath the flaws, lies a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 07:12:52 | More by PBRstreetgang
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Hautacam

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold with a big pour head that drops and laces.
Smells piney mostly.
Taste is slightly sweet , a bit of steeliness and a back of the tongue bitter presence througout. Hops are more grapefruit than floral....and well balanced. with the malt.
Mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation fairly high.
Pretty good drinkable pale ale....not really a favorite style, but I do enjoy one once in a while...this is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 13:02:25 | More by Hautacam
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pale ale arrived a cloudy golden yellow with a short head leading to a nice island laced, yet thin crown. The carbonation is very lively throughout the consumption. The aroma has a resinous like quality to it.
The taste has a thin malty/grainy beginning which is short lived and quickly replaced by the hops which keep on "kickin" for the duration.
Mouthfeel of a full bodied and smooth pale ale.
A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 23:51:14 | More by Shiloh
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass, as my night of APA’s continues.

A: The beer is a light orange-gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt with hints of hops, citrus and spice in the background.

T: The taste is on the malty side with flavors of caramel & citrus. There’s a mild hops character that comes out next and sticks around with a little bit of residual sweetness in the after-taste. It’s pretty decently balanced as well.

M: Crisp and kind of smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, this is a good beer to pound, but I might look for something with a little more of a kick and a bit more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 04:57:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy amber color with creamy white head. Great retention and attractive lacing noted.
Smell is strongly of hops, both grassy and piney. Very nice.
Taste also shows a strong hoppiness with some bready maly in the background.
Finished moderately dry with some light malt present.
Well made beer, easy drinkability. Would be nice to session.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 23:21:46 | More by tgbljb
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AP: A pale gold color with a bone-white head that dissipated slowly and left a thin, scattered but bubbly cap.

Nose: A brown sugar like-sweet malt>with an herbal, earthy, hop scent. A very complex hoppieness overall on the nose.

Taste: The taste is a hearty, mildly sweet malt flavor that quickly becomes over-run by an earthy, herbal, spicey and leafy hop flavor that never gets a bitter edge. Nice balance between the malted backbone and the big Hop flavors.

MF: Crisp, clean and lively just like a good Pale ale should be. This has a medium bodied feel that seems to mellow out dramatically over time.

DA: good for the style, easy enought to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 17:46:53 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Stimack

New York

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I have had the Ithaca Pale Ale, which is sad since I live in New York. The brew pours to a golden amber color with a slight cloudiness. Has a very nice sized light tan head that leaves chunky lace at the top of the glass and sheets down the sides. The aroma is nice, strong floral hop scent for this Pale Ale with a malt backing that is very noticeable even though it seems to be a little over powered by the hops. The taste is very smooth, excellent flavors of caramel mixed with a sweet bread dough flavor then breaking away to a strong citrus hop finish. This brew had a nice quality to it, a brew that you could sit down with for an evening. Glad that I finally gave it a try!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 03:58:13 | More by Stimack
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RPG

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice head, copper hue. Moderate head retention.

Nose: fruity, banana?, hint of pine.

Taste: more of same. Doesn't seem complex, but nice hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation seems good. Smooth.

Drinkability: May I have another? Too bad I only got one.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 03:17:29 | More by RPG
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LarryV

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a quickly dissipating frothy head. Aroma of malty graininess with a fruity overtone. Creamy mouthfeel is pleasant on the palate. Taste is mostly malt with a nice balance of citrusy hops though the hops don't take the center stage here. Easy drinking brew with good flavor, I could easily drink a few of these. Solid in the field of average pale ales, but not a superstar.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 23:36:58 | More by LarryV
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LucaBrasi

New York

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a golden copper color with a thin white head, tiny carbonation bubbles rise to the surface.

Smell was lightly grassy with a hit of hops.

The taste is crisp and clean with a medium hoppy feel.

Mouthfeel is smooth crisp and refreshing at first but finishes with a slightly oily feel.

Drinkability is good. I was happy with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 04:36:32 | More by LucaBrasi
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled 06/30/06. Review from notes.

A: Perfect copper color with an initial two finger frothy white head. Quick to dissipate with lots of bubbles coming from the bottom. Slight lace.
S: Floral hop notes with a grassyness to it. Grapefruit in there also. Caramel earthy malt background.
T/M: Grassy earthy hop flavor mixed with floral notes. Biscuity malt and slight caramel malt background combines well with the hops. Smooth, coating, and refreshing in the mouth. Slight bitterness with a semi dryness that hits at the finish. Light body. More malty than hoppy.
D: Drinkable but there are better pale ales out there. Good carbonation with an average overall taste. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 00:50:16 | More by bjohnson
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a lightly hazy orange color with a short one finger head. Decent amount of tiny carbonation bubbles seen rising. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: very mild floral hops and a hint of citrus.

Taste: basically a west coast pale ale, with nice malt backbone and a decent orange and grapefruit citrus tone. The hop bitterness is floral and up front.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout. Short aftertaste has most the flavors lingering briefly.

Drinkability: decent session beer. Not one that will stand out in the pale ale category, but is a solid offering. Try some.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 18:23:01 | More by Gavage
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice clear amber with a decent head,but the head disappears way too fast. The smell has a sweet malt aroma to i as well as a citrus hop scent. The taste has hop bitterness to it with citrus flavors and malt. The m/f is light,but the hop bitterness doesn't mix with the malt well at all. This is an average to below average beer that I would pass on in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 21:39:43 | More by jmz62565
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plaid75

New York

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper hue with a one finger head. Decent retention and good lacing.

There was a sweet malty aroma cut with nice pine and citrus notes.

The flavor was a bit on the malty side for me. However, a nice sharp grapefruit bitterness. Decent hop presence throughout.

The mouthfeel was full. It could have been a bit drier if not for the extra sweetness.

A good drinkable APA. Average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 01:48:08 | More by plaid75
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Avagadro

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my american pint with a small white head that dissapeared wuickly. Lots of carbonation left over, but not alot of head. Good amber color. Not alot of aroma, what I do detect is hops. Good hop flavor, but I'm not good enough to pick out which one's are in it. Light bodied and clean in mouth. Seems to be a very average pale ale. Thsi would be a good beer to give someone to show them what a pale ale is. Nothing wrog with average, but it's nothing special. I would say if you're in the mood for a PA and this is around, try it. Nothing to go searching for, but definitely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 04:17:45 | More by Avagadro
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riversider76

New York

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rich golden. Two finger head, with good retention, and lacing. Aroma is piney/hoppy. Mouthfeel is medium, not much carbination. Taste is refreshing,light,but not too light. Just a bit hopped, with a smooth finish. Not sure of the ABV, but seems very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 01:21:45 | More by riversider76
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Lost Dog Cafe in Ithaca.

Poured with a short white head on an amber body. Smells of american hops, a little grapefruity, but not too strong. Slightly fruity taste. Good balance and goes with my greek chicken. Flavor of an APA, but more subtle like an english pale ale. Tasty and very drinkable. I'm not a big fan of IBC, but this hits the spot.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2006 18:40:40 | More by tempest
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JackStraw22

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no freshness date

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy, light copper body. A half inch of off-white head. The retention was ok.

Smell: Lots of grapefruity hop aroma, really dominates.

Taste: The grapefruit hop aroma translates into grapefruit hop taste. Hop taste is pretty one dimensional. It's clean and refreshing but not terribily interesting. Clean bitterness, small amount of malty sweetness.

Crisp and refreshing pale ale. Nothing really stands out, pretty straight forward, but it's a good brew and cheap here in town.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 01:40:44 | More by JackStraw22
Pale Ale from Ithaca Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.